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Cara Marie M.

Derwood, MD

$50/hour

Professional Tutor for Advanced Math, Science and MCAT!

Background check passed as of 9/17/16
4.9 average from 1629 ratings
Best tutor out there hands down
— Elizabeth, Street, MD on 4/4/16

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Georgetown University
Biology and Math
Johns Hopkins (Chemistry)
Master's
Johns Hopkins (Chemical Biology)
PhD

Education

Georgetown University (Biology and Math)

Johns Hopkins (Chemistry) (Master's)

Johns Hopkins (Chemical Biology) (PhD)

About Cara Marie

I've been tutoring high school and college students for the past 10 years, in all variety of math and science subjects. For math, I've successfully tutored students in everything from Algebra I to Calculus I, II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. For math majors looking for extra help, advanced math is also one of my specialties. One of my great strengths is helping college students with difficult science classes, especially Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and all varieties of the biological sciences. College students studying advanced science--I'm the tutor for you.

I've also helped high school students achieve success in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, at all levels - from regular track to 4's and 5's on the AP exams. I work individually with each student to identify their problem areas and to address their specific needs.

I enjoy working with students and find great pleasure in seeing my students succeed. I'm patient and am skilled at explaining ideas and concepts in multiple ways to accommodate the needs of the students. I have a laid back demeanor, and I try to make studying science and math as stress-free and enjoyable and enjoyable. I will always answer your calls and texts, and I'm great at responding to emergency "My problem set is due tomorrow?!?!" or "I have a test when?!" situations.

I'm always happy to provide references from the parents of previous students if you'd like them.

If you have any questions at all, or are interested in working with me, please don't hesitate to email!
I've been tutoring high school and college students for the past 10 years, in all variety of math and science subjects. For math, I've successfully tutored students in everything from Read more

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Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Rates: in-person ($60), online ($50) Daily MCAT group ($50/month)

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Derwood, MD 20855
Background Check: Passed

"Best tutor out there hands down"

- Elizabeth, Street, MD on 4/4/16

"A great and very helpful tutor!!"

- ANITHA, Clarksburg, MD on 12/3/16

"Amazing tutor - definitely recommend joining the group as well!"

- Anika, Phoenix, AZ on 11/21/16

"Knowledge in all high level math and science"

- Rosalyn, Corona, CA on 11/11/16

"Very helpful."

- Robert, Bethesda, MD on 10/16/16

"Excellent tutor!"

- Courtney, Gaithersburg, MD on 10/12/16

"I am so grateful to be her student!!!!"

- Van, Troy, NY on 10/11/16

"Great MCAT Tutor!"

- Mark, Rockville, MD on 8/7/16

"Very good tutor"

- Eleanor, Germantown, MD on 7/11/16

"Great teacher with lots of experience"

- Matilda S., New Brunswick, NJ on 6/29/16

"Outstanding!"

- Dru, Montgomry Village, MD on 6/29/16

"Great at teaching, and very patient!"

- Ravi, Owings Mills, MD on 6/21/16

"Alg 2 lesson"

- Matt, Rockville, MD on 5/27/16

"Knowledgeable and caring tutor"

- Valencia, Hughesville, MD on 5/25/16

"Awesome"

- Sai, Ashburn, VA on 5/9/16

"Great MCAT tutor!"

- Noemi, Bethesda, MD on 5/4/16

"Great tutor"

- Darlene, Montgomery, AL on 5/1/16

"Best MCAT Tutor"

- Jordan, New York, NY on 3/28/16

"Great lesson"

- Celine, Sterling, VA on 2/21/16

"Extremely patient with the ability to break concepts down to an understandable level"

- Shannon, Las Cruces, NM on 2/7/16

"Fantastic/Affordable daily 30 minute MCAT Group Review"

- Danica, New York, NY on 1/20/16

"Great teacher"

- Charles, Grosse Pointe, MI on 1/18/16

"Knowledgeable, thorough and patient"

- Diana, Rockville, MD on 1/14/16

"Knowledgeable"

- Farrah, Parker, CO on 1/10/16

"Outstanding RESULTS - that's what we've got!"

- Eleanor, Bethesda, MD on 1/8/16

"Knowledgeable, patient, understanding, explains the lessons WELL!"

- Rhonda, Murrieta, CA on 12/30/15

"Well prepared, caring and professional"

- Susan, Wilton, CT on 12/27/15

"Great tutor! Very smart! Extremely helpful!"

- Kasey, New York, NY on 11/20/15

"Great teacher who can explain the concepts clearly."

- Gia, Washington, NJ on 11/11/15

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Penny, Cape Coral, FL on 11/7/15

"Terrific!"

- Sean, Staten Island, NY on 11/6/15

"Great tutor - very knowledgeable!"

- Laura, Chesapeake, VA on 10/30/15

"Cara is outstanding"

- Lorrie, Seaford, DE on 10/23/15

"Productive Study Session"

- Sandy, Princeton, NJ on 10/12/15

"Excellent, responsive, and very accessible subject matter expert!"

- Helen, Virginia Beach, VA on 10/7/15

"Cara is exactly what I hoped and prayed for!"

- Karen, Danville, CA on 10/6/15

"Awesome Tutor!"

- YOLANDA, Oceanside, CA on 10/4/15

"Knowledgeable and easy to talk to!"

- Dana, Brighton, CO on 9/28/15

"Knowledgeble, intuitive and highly skilled teacher."

- Isabel, Rockville, MD on 9/25/15

"Amazing math tutor!"

- Alexandra, Gaithersburg, MD on 9/24/15

"Helpful, patient, and encouraging tutor!"

- Allyson, Walnut Creek, CA on 9/14/15

"Awesome tutor!"

- Kristi, Jasper, GA on 9/14/15

"Physics"

- Madison, Rollingstone, MN on 9/11/15

"Very helpful and patient"

- Hans, Rockville, MD on 9/1/15

"Cara Marie is outstanding. She is kind, thorough and very knowledgeable!"

- Elizabeth, Sandy Spring, MD on 8/31/15

"Very efficient and experienced tutor"

- Su, Mc Lean, VA on 8/31/15

"Patient, good at gauging knowledge level"

- Lesley, Washington, DC on 8/20/15

"Helpful and flexible"

- Kenneth, Mount Airy, MD on 8/16/15

"Very good rapport."

- Cathy, Silver Spring, MD on 8/15/15

"Cara Marie is a wonderful tutor."

- Kathryn, Damascus, MD on 8/11/15

"Cara was very helpful and patient."

- Erika, Lexington Park, MD on 8/7/15

"Knowledge"

- Eteete, Silver Spring, MD on 8/4/15

"Cara was very helpful and prepared."

- Bohannon, Rockville, MD on 8/2/15

"My son really liked having a lesson with Cara Marie."

- Gabriela, Moravia, NY on 8/1/15

"Terrific tutor and great to work with"

- Alec, Yorktown Heights, NY on 7/31/15

"Cara is excellent, and she is very knowledgeable in the undergraduate college level biochemistry courses."

- Taneen, Mc Lean, VA on 7/29/15

"Fantastic!"

- Kelly, Great Falls, VA on 7/22/15

"Has expertise in different subject areas; efficient with time; understands goals"

- Kavitha, Potomac, MD on 7/12/15

"Outstanding tutor!"

- Fred, Silver Spring, MD on 7/6/15

"She is a treasure and will get you through the toughest times!"

- Barbara, Potomac, MD on 6/28/15

"Excellent help"

- Kate, Washington, DC on 6/22/15

"Amazing tutor!"

- Nancy, Vienna, VA on 6/16/15

"Super helpful and knowledgeable! Was able clear up confusion very quickly"

- Daniel, Ithaca, NY on 6/5/15

"Cara is very patient with my daughter Mickaela. She is very knowledgeable about algebra and math in general. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my daughter's grade."

- Carmelita, Hyattsville, MD on 6/3/15

"Wonderful Organic Chemistry Tutor"

- Jamie, Rockville, MD on 4/26/15

"First Lesson went welll!"

- Luke, Damascus, MD on 4/20/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Sally, Washington, DC on 3/8/15

"Excellent teacher"

- Sandra, Silver Spring, MD on 2/11/15

"So Far We Are Really Pleased!"

- Laura, Bethesda, MD on 11/2/14

"Unreliable"

- Susan, Milwaukee, WI on 3/17/13
Cara Marie replied on 9/22/2014

This was unfortunately during a time of a medical emergency that lasted for approximately 3 weeks. I apologize to Susan for the inconsistency, and assure future clients that this was an outlier. If you're ever unhappy with a lesson, it's free.

"Very Accommodating"

- Maryanne, New Berlin, WI on 10/24/12

"Great tutor!!!"

- Asha, Hyattsville, MD on 9/6/12

"Fantastic"

- Dee, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/13/12

"THE ABSOLUTE FREAKIN' BEST TUTOR EVER"

- Oly, Falls Church, VA on 5/5/12

"More than a tutor, she's become a mentor to my son"

- Jay, Dayton, MD on 2/25/12

"Great tutor"

- Anthony, Gaithersburg, MD on 1/24/12

"Great tutor, willing to come to you! Flexible!"

- Kim, Arlington, VA on 12/30/11

"excellent writing tutor"

- Allison, Great Falls, VA on 12/20/11

"Fantastic!"

- Kim, Clarksburg, MD on 11/9/11

"Excellent, Competent Tutor!"

- Michele, Brookeville, MD on 11/2/11

"Very Helpful"

- Nikki, Boyds, MD on 9/6/11

"Great tutor!"

- Kseniya, Potomac, MD on 8/14/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Biochemistry,
Biology, Biostatistics, Chemistry,
Microbiology, Organic Chemistry,
Physics
English:
Proofreading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
GRE, MCAT,
SAT Math
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Math

I've worked with multiple students on all aspects of ACT prep, but I specialize in the math section.

I review each of the critical topics covered by the ACT math section and give students as many practice problems as they would like! I also make sure that students know how to think critically about each question while maintaining good test-taking time management.

ACT Science

I've worked with multiple students on all aspects of ACT prep. For science, I spend a lot of time teaching students how to analyze the data on the ACT science section and how to think critically about the data while maintaining good test-taking time management.

For math, I review each of the critical topics covered by the ACT math section and give students as many practice problems as they would like!

For reading, I teach students the tricks of the trade, and make sure they understand what TYPES of questions the ACT asks and how what aspects of the passage to focus on while reading.

Algebra 2

I routinely work with high school students taking Algebra II. I do my best to make algebra fun and non-threatening. I try to present the material in a manner that is understandable. I'm very patient - if a student doesn't understand one way that I explain material, I'll find another. We'll work problems together and go through each concept step-by-step.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is my specialty. My PhD is in biochemistry, and I've well-versed and trained in the subject. I take great pride in my ability to break down very difficult biochemical concepts into manageable material. With biochemistry students, my job is to take the extraordinary amount of detail professors throw at you, and turn it into an understandable package of material. I am great at working with concepts, but I also can help you work through your problem sets, even difficult ones. I'm not intimidated by even the most difficult problems! My goal is to make biochemistry a fun and enjoyable experience.

For more info on how I approach biochemistry, see Oly's feedback on my feedback page.

Calculus

Calculus is one of my specialties. As silly as it sounds, I really enjoyed taking calculus in high school and college. I love tutoring it now. I routinely work with high school students taking Calculus AB and BC and college students taking Calculus I, II and higher calculus classes, including Multivariable Calculus and Analytic Calculus (proof-based calculus for math majors). Last year, I worked with 5 AB and 2 BC Calculus students and 4 college calculus students.

I try to make calculus fun and non-threatening, and try to present the material in a manner that is understandable. I'm also patient - if a student doesn't understand one way that I explain material, I'll find another. We'll work problems together, and go through each concept step-by-step.

For student feedback on my calculus tutoring, please see Jay C's response on my feedback page.

Chemistry

Chemistry is one of my favorite subjects to tutor. I've worked with high school chemistry students on a variety of levels (standard chemistry, honors chemistry and AP chemistry), and for college students, I can help with General Chemistry, and any upper level Chemistry class, including Organic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry.

Differential Equations

As a math major, I've taken formal courses in both ordinary differential equations (ODE) and partial differential equation (PDE). I've tutored both courses at the college level.

Linear Algebra

I majored in math, and my favorite class by far was linear algebra. I was a teaching assistant for a linear algebra class, and have done private tutoring with a linear algebra student. I have experience with matrix addition and multiplication, matrix inversion, and finding determinants, and proofs with linear algebra theorems. I am also skilled with eigenvalues, eigenvectors and eigenspaces.

MCAT

MCAT is hands, down, the subject that I tutor most frequently. I target the test-taking and scientific analysis skills required to succeed on the MCAT through a mix of problems, scientific literature and passage analysis. I am well-versed in teaching any of the sciences covered on the exam - General chemistry, Organic chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics and Biology.

I also run a daily MCAT group that is designed to target the highest yield topics on the MCAT. The daily group is 30 mins long, online and recorded so that students can review the video at their convenience; the teaching is interactive and students can ask questions during the mini-lecture. In addition, to cover the psychology and sociology portions of the exam, I've partnered with two amazing tutors who teach group sessions on the psychology and sociology material covered by the MCAT. The group is designed to be affordable and a great way to keep MCAT material fresh until your test day!

Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is another one of my specialties. I was an organic chemistry teaching assistant (which included one hour per week of teaching it in a classroom to college undergraduates) twice in the past three years. I'm skilled with both organic chemistry 1 and 2.

I take great pride in my ability to break down very difficult organic reactions into the basic concepts. With organic students, I try to take all of the reactions, and abstract the general principles so that students can understand any reaction they're given. Organic chemistry does not have to be awful! My goal is to make it a fun and enjoyable experience.

For more info on how I approach organic chemistry, see Kim's feedback on my feedback page.

Physics

I've helped many high school (regular track and AP Physics) and college students (Physics I and II) through their problems with physics. I'm very well versed in both algebra-based and calculus-based physics, and being a math major, I'm not afraid to help you tackle difficult problems!

Writing

I have a lot of experience working on papers with students. I can help students with conceptualizing arguments, structuring their papers, editing and proofreading.

I absolutely love helping students with their college application essays. I help you rbing out your creativity, I'll go through multiple drafts with you and I'll help ensure that they're perfect before you turn them in to your colleges of choice.

Georgetown University
Biology and Math
Johns Hopkins (Chemistry)
Master's
Johns Hopkins (Chemical Biology)
PhD

Education

Georgetown University (Biology and Math)

Johns Hopkins (Chemistry) (Master's)

Johns Hopkins (Chemical Biology) (PhD)

Best tutor out there hands down — Cara Marie is one of the most patient and helpful tutors I have come to work with through wyzant. We have worked together for two semesters now on organic chemistry (1 and 2) and physics with calculus (1 and 2). She really knows her stuff, and she is very passionate and knowledgeable about what she teaches. As a chemistry major, I have struggled immensely in my upper level courses because of poor ...

— Elizabeth, Street, MD on 4/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Rates: in-person ($60), online ($50) Daily MCAT group ($50/month)

Travel policy

Cara Marie will travel within 15 miles of Derwood, MD 20855.